Monthly Archives: September 2010

Education Nation – How Do You Learn Quiz

As a former educator, I have been keeping up with the information that NBC has highlighted all week long. Yesterday, I found it a bit ironic that the national push is for more “Career-Oriented” education, while my local school district … Continue reading

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Reconnecting

Over the last few months, it seems I have reconnected with a great many former students and former classmates. At least half of my “friends” on my Facebook page are represented by these groups. Do not get me wrong. I … Continue reading

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September Birthdays for Austen-Related Actors

http://pf.kizoa.com/sflite.swf?did=1127901&k=P97420291&hk=1 This link will take you to a slideshow featuring actors from Jane Austen related films who have birthdays in September. I hope you enjoy it.

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Characteristics of the Gothic in My Novels

First, those who read Gothic novels know that Horace Walpole started the phenomenon with his The Castle of Otranto way back in 1764. We define a Gothic novel based on the characteristics we find in Walpole’s work. 1. The setting … Continue reading

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Many Film Versions of Jane Austen

Recently, I blogged about the latest film version of a Jane Austen novel to be released. I write Austen-related adaptation, as well as contemporary and Regency era books, but many of my readers come to me via an Austen film. … Continue reading

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Birth Order – Part II

My research continued, and I found some interesting trends. Characteristics of Last Born or the Youngest Child: These kids, according to a Time magazine article dated Oct. 29, 2007, are likely to be more adventurous and to participate in high-risk … Continue reading

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Birth Order Research

For my newest book, I am doing some research in birth order and how it affects someone’s personality. Of course, I am one to believe that environment is more important to a person’s development. Knowing hardship, for example, makes a … Continue reading

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Pink Bow Campaign

Locally, the Ballantyne Country Club conducts a fabulous “Race for the Cure” program. One of the things I especially like is the “Pink Bow” campaign. A person can purchase a large pink bow to place on mailboxes, trees, etc., to … Continue reading

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“Meet the Teacher”

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. – Benjamin Franklin Let me introduce myself to you, dear readers. I am a product of the Finicky 50s, the Salacious 60s, and the Scathing 70s. I spent 40 years … Continue reading

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The Price of Beauty

In my latest novel, one of the things I had to research was women’s makeup. I wrote a “cozy” mystery entitled The Phantom of Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Murder Mystery. One of the characteristics of a cozy is poison … Continue reading

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